consonant

A consonant is a speech sound that is not a vowel. It also refers to letters of the alphabet that represent those sounds: Z, B, T, G, and H are all consonants.

Consonants are all the non-vowel sounds, or their corresponding letters: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y are not consonants. In hat, H and T are consonants. Consonant can also be an adjective that describes things that seem like they should go together, things that are "agreeable." You could say a nation's offer of aid is consonant with their treaties. When you hear consonant sounds in music, they are pleasing, the opposite of "dissonant" sounds which are harsh.

Definitions of consonant
  1. noun
    a speech sound that is not a vowel
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    vowel, vowel sound
    a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
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    alveolar, alveolar consonant, dental, dental consonant
    a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
    obstruent
    a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
    aspirate
    a consonant pronounced with aspiration
    labial, labial consonant
    a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips
    labiodental, labiodental consonant
    a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth
    nasal, nasal consonant
    a consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed
    lingual
    a consonant that is produced with the tongue and other speech organs
    liquid
    a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r')
    geminate
    a doubled or long consonant
    surd, voiceless consonant
    a consonant produced without sound from the vocal cords
    velar, velar consonant
    a consonant produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate
    guttural, guttural consonant, pharyngeal, pharyngeal consonant
    a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
    occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant
    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    bilabial
    a consonant that is articulated using both lips; /p/ or /b/ or /w/
    labial stop
    a stop consonant that is produced with the lips
    continuant, continuant consonant
    consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
    affricate, affricate consonant, affricative
    a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point (as `ch' in `chair' and `j' in `joy')
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    phone, sound, speech sound
    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  2. noun
    a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
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    type of:
    alphabetic character, letter, letter of the alphabet
    the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
  3. adjective
    involving or characterized by harmony
    synonyms: harmonic, harmonical, harmonised, harmonized
    harmonious
    musically pleasing
  4. adjective
    in keeping
    synonyms: accordant, agreeable, concordant, conformable
    consistent
    (sometimes followed by `with') in agreement or consistent or reliable
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